Long before JFK and Bill Clinton, America’s presidents had a long tradition of having a little something on the side. It seems that a secret lover is an American pastime right up there with apple pie.
Bill Clinton and Paula Jones
In 1991, Bill Clinton reportedly had an affair with Paula Jones in a Little Rock, Arkansas hotel room. Jones met with Clinton to discuss his campaign when he made a pass at her, which didn’t go far. Shocked by the event, Jones took Clinton to court and sued him for sexual harassment. Clinton eventually paid Jones and her lawyers $850,000 to drop the lawsuit. Clearly, this was not the last time that he would enter a court to discuss his sexual misconduct. Following the Jones case he was elected President and began another series of sexual scandals.